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Young people care about society – the Youth Assembly needs to give them a platform
Northern Ireland finally has its own Youth Assembly. Scope speaks with the NI Youth Forum about why this is so important, how it can boost youth engagement in the broadest sense – and improve local politics at the same time.
Why children need a Summer of Play
Play is in our nature – and it’s there for a reason. Scope speaks with PlayBoard NI CEO Jacqueline O’Loughlin about how children and young people need more support to explore themselves and the world around them.
Tackling loneliness will be a bellwether for Covid-19 recovery
New research from the Red Cross lays bare how, for many people, coronavirus has led to loneliness. The root causes cut across every aspect of the pandemic.
The more we know about mental health, the better
New research into the general mental health of young people in NI could be transformative for policy makers - and for community and voluntary organisations providing services to local children.
Younger voices feel sidelined during the pandemic
An NI Youth Forum survey asked young people about their experiences of, and thoughts about, lockdown. It highlights concerns about mental health and education – and about not being listened to.
Education relies on pupils’ mental health
Local children will soon be back at school. Catching up on education is vital – but so is pupils’ mental health. Scope looks at a new report from Barnardo’s NI that gathered evidence from teachers and other education staff.
Northern Ireland is failing children with special educational needs
The Covid-19 pandemic has drawn attention away from the ongoing crisis of SEN provision in the education system. There is no easy fix.
Childcare is infrastructure - investment is essential
The Executive has plenty on its plate but now is the time to look at childcare in Northern Ireland.
Now is the time to take on loneliness
Covid-19 risks an increase in loneliness. It also makes loneliness much more difficult to tackle. We have to think of ways to work against these problems – especially with Northern Ireland at risk of a coronavirus second wave.
To protect vulnerable people during the pandemic, massive change is possible
Older people are perhaps affected more than any other group by Covid-19, directly and indirectly. Scope speaks with Age NI about the needs of our older population, and how they changed their service model almost overnight.
One of the worst consequences of lockdown is an increase in domestic abuse
Frontline charity workers who work to tackle violence and other abusive behaviour in the home have been designated key workers during the coronavirus outbreak.
Social security should be reasonable and sympathetic - but it is not
Universal Credit administration takes a hard line, even with measures that are supposed to make allowances for people in difficulty. Work from Advice NI has exposed another fault line in the system, leaving vulnerable people in hardship.
A changing world is daunting for parents
We look at Parenting NI’s second annual Big Parenting Survey, which explored concerns about tech – and asked parents about their hopes for their children.
Time to crack down on the gambling industry
A consultation on reforming Northern Ireland’s hopelessly outdated gambling laws has just closed.